The prince of wors

By Drum Digital
08 October 2010

HE MIGHT be a bit young to be called South Africa’s new boerewors king – so let’s call him the boerewors prince.

Thirteen-year-old Jaco Labuschagne of Boksburg knows his way around a kettle braai. He also knows how to perfect a boerewors recipe; and he proved this at Sun City recently, when he won the Shoprite Checkers Championship Boerewors Competition.

All the seasoned finalists could do was look on as the Grade 7 learner from Concordia Primary School pocketed the title and the keys to a Toyota Hilux 2.7 Double-cab Raised Body Raider.

The moment his name was read out Jaco was so overwhelmed he burst into tears. “I was so, so glad. Now all my friends at school want is a ride in the bakkie,” the boerewors ace says two days later.

It’s a proud achievement. This was the first time he’d entered and he outperformed nine boereworsmaking veterans to prove he was best. In addition to the bakkie, he’s also won holiday vouchers worth R2 500 from All Gold, R2 000 cash from Coca Cola and R750 in Simba vouchers.

Jaco isn’t only good with meat; he’s equally smart with money. “I’m going to save everything,” he tells us. “I’ll use it when I need it.” He will put the bakkie to good use though – even though he can’t drive it.

“I love camping,” he says. “We often camp and fish at Bloemhof Dam [in North West] and that’s the first place we’ll be taking the bakkie.” And, of course, when he gets his licence, it will be there waiting for him, dad Lappies says.

Jaco began contemplating his recipe one night when he and his father were braaiing together. “We always taste the meat,” Lappies says. “Jaco started asking, ‘What if we mix this and that; what would that taste like?’”

But, of course, the secret ingredients aren’t being revealed!

Father and son began experimenting with spices and combinations and that was that – they knew they’d found a winning recipe. He knew from the start he had a shot at becoming the boerewors maestro, Jaco says confidently.

The secret of his wors is in the spices, he believes. “I used only two kinds. And the meat makes a big difference. I use top A-Grade beef and pork.” The lad sounds like a seasoned butcher. His boerewors will be on Shoprite and Checkers shelves countrywide from 13 October. “It’s a great honour,” he says.

Read the full article in DRUM of 14 October 2010

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